How can land conservation serve all people and support healthy, thriving communities?

People are becoming more and more disconnected from the land — many children today have no idea where their food or water comes from. At the same time research shows that time in nature is critical to childhood development and human health. Likewise, not everyone feels welcome or included in the current work of land conservation, and past policies and practices have excluded some people from land access and ownership.

Land trusts need to create deeper, more enduring and authentic relationships within their communities and build a stronger, more sustainable base of partners and supporters. As land trusts look to connect with their communities, these resources can help them engage new audiences and partners and design projects that help connect people from all walks of life to land. In doing so, they will tap into broad, passionate, and enthusiastic support for conservation and the outdoors.

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